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Cora and Will look at each other in The Essex Serpent.

The Essex Serpent review: A visually ravishing gothic melodrama

Tom Hiddleston and Claire Danes lead the moody, visually splendid new gothic melodrama The Essex Serpent. It premieres Friday, May 13 on Apple TV+.
Ryan Kiera Armstrong screams at the camera in a scene from Firestarter.

Firestarter review: All smoke, no flame

The remake of 1984's Firestarter features a fantastic score and a strong performance by its lead, but wastes its potential on a tame, unsatisfying story.
Christopher Abbott and Jarod Carmichael shoot guns at the range

On the Count of Three review: Jerrod Carmichael’s nervy suicide comedy

Jerrod Carmichael makes his directorial debut with the nervy suicide comedy On the Count of Three.
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Pleasure review: An explicit and unflinching drama

Director Ninja Thyberg's Pleasure is an explicit and unflinching look at the adult film industry. The film hits theaters in the U.S. on Friday, May 13.
Jim drives away on his motorcycle from a group of crazed zombies in The Sadness.

The Sadness review: A blood-soaked zombie thrill ride

Director Rob Jabbaz's The Sadness is a grotesque, bloody horror-thriller that definitely isn't for the faint of heart.
Jean Smart wears a cheetah print shirt while standing next to Hannah Einbinder in Hacks Season 2.

Hacks season 2 review: Taking the show on the road

Jean Smart returns in fine form as Deborah Vance in the hilarious and entertaining, if occasionally aimless, second season of HBO Max's Hacks.
Haley Lu Richardson and Owen Teague stand next to a truck in Montana Story.

Montana Story review: Well-acted western takes its time

Haley Lu Richardson and Owen Teague give a pair of star-making performances in Montana Story, a film about two estranged siblings who are unexpectedly reunited.
Two British officers stare at a corpse inside a morgue in a scene from Operation Mincemeat.

Operation Mincemeat review: A deceptively good WWII thriller

Although it meanders a bit, Netflix's WW II thriller Operation Mincemeat still delivers a compelling account of one of history greatest wartime deceptions.
Jessie Buckley picks an apple from a tree in a scene from Men.

Men review: The female gaze, darkly

Alex Garland's latest film is a terrifying journey through the female gaze and the horrors lurking in the English countryside.
Anamaria Vartolomei dances in a crowd in Happening.

Happening review: A brutal but necessary drama

Audrey Diwan's Happening tells an intense, timely story, and features one of the best performances of the year so far from Anamaria Vartolomei.
Benedict Cumberbatch casts a spell as Doctor Strange in a scene from the Marvel movie.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness review: Messy magic

Marvel's Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness tries to pack a lot in -- including plenty of horror -- but has trouble supporting all of that ambition.
Colin Firth and Toni Collette both look up in The Staircase.

The Staircase review: A crime drama that loses its footing

The Staircase is an overly ambitious, sometimes misguided true-crime thriller that is elevated by several stunning performances from its lead cast members.
Rebecca Romijn, Anson Mount, and Ethan Peck walk in the hallway of the USS Enterprise in a scene from Star Trek: Strange New Worlds.

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds review: Old school is new again

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds finds inspiration in the past to deliver a series set within the sci-fi saga's universe that feels fresh and new.
Try Harder! film graphic with an AAPI Heritage Month badge overlay.

Try Harder! review: The agony & ecstasy of applying to college

Debbie Lum's absorbing new documentary Try Harder! looks at the exciting and grueling process of applying to college.
Sean Penn and Julia Roberts walk together through a crowd in Gaslit.

Gaslit review: A searing critique of American political corruption

Julia Roberts plays Martha Mitchell in Gaslit, an entertaining new Starz series about the Watergate scandal that ended Richard Nixon's presidency.
Anna Cobb stares into the digital abyss in We're All Going to the World's Fair.

We’re All Going to the World’s Fair review: Welcome to the internet

We're All Going to the World's Fair uses the language of creepypasta horror to meditate on the way the internet has reshaped a generation's identity.
Aaron Paul and Karen Gillan discuss combat techniques in a scene from Dual.

Dual review: Selling the feint, awkwardly

It's not the film you probably think it is, but Riley Stearns' sci-fi satire Dual is a story that pays off a patient audience.
Iola evans stares at a TV screen in a scene from Choose Or Die.

Choose or Die review: Where’s a grue when you need one?

Netflix film Choose Or Die promises a retro horror story, but never fully commits to the potential of its '80s gaming premise.
Lucie Zhang, Makita Samba, and Noémie Merlant walk through the park in Paris, 13th District.

Paris, 13th District review: Sex and the City (of Lights)

In Paris, 13th District, The Sisters Brothers director Jacques Audiard heads back to France to make a portrait of amorous Parisians.
Rupert Friend and Sienna Miller stand in a crowd of reporters in Anatomy of a Scandal.

Anatomy of a Scandal review: Netflix drama misses the mark

Netflix's Anatomy of a Scandal stars Rupert Friend, Sienna Miller, and Michelle Dockery. Unfortunately, they can't stop it from repeatedly missing the mark.
Keira holds a light up with Steven standing behind her in a scene from The Cellar.

The Cellar review: An evil house with a mathematical twist

Brendan Muldowney's The Cellar is an atmospheric horror with an intriguing twist that something truly scary: Math.
Josh Brolin walks toward a massive, mysterious hole in the ground in a scene from Outer Range.

Outer Range review: Cowboys through the looking glass

Outer Range takes a traditional Western into weird territory with a gripping story that poses more questions than it answers but still entertains.
Alexander Skarsgård strikes a fearsome Viking pose.

The Northman review: Viking mayhem for adolescents of all ages

The Witch and The Lighthouse director Robert Eggers returns with a wild, gory Viking epic, The Northman.
Sonic and Knuckles clash in Sonic the Hedgehog 2.

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 review: Blurry sequel stalls out

Sonic the Hedgehog 2's furry heroes steal the show, but its live-action ensemble stalls the sequel's momentum.
Aidan Greensmith walks out of the mist in heavy-metal leather and makeup in a scene from Metal Lords.

Metal Lords review: Keep calm and rock on

A talented young cast, a clever script, and a blistering soundtrack come together in the comedy Metal Lords from Game of Thrones co-creator D.B. Weiss.
Liliane Amuat and Henriette Confurius look at a spider .

The Girl and the Spider review: A glorious enigma

Ramon Zürcher's hypnotic drama The Girl and the Spider playfully bends the rules of moviemaking to create a memorably unsettling experience.
Jude Law and the cast of Fantastic Beasts: The secrets of Dumbledore gather in a cave.

Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore review: Confundo!

Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore has a good story to tell, if only it would stop introducing new concepts and characters long enough to do so.
Ansel Elgort rides in a car in a scene from Tokyo Vice.

Tokyo Vice review: Stylish show excels as a moody crime drama

Fascinating, compelling, and filled with standout performances, Tokyo Vice delivers plenty of drama in its adaptation of journalist Jake Adelstein's memoir.
Stephen Merchant and Christopher Walken talk in a scene from The Outlaws.

The Outlaws review: With Christopher Walken, crime pays

The Outlaws is a good crime comedy series made even better by Christopher Walken and the rest of its talented cast.
Stanley wears an astronaut suit on the Moon in Apollo 10 1/2: A Space Age Childhood.

Apollo 10½ review: A charming blast into the past

Netflix's Apollo 10½: A Space Age Childhood is an exquisite new animated film from Dazed and Confused writer-director Richard Linklater.
Jared Leto as Morbius.

Morbius review: Cold, dead, and desperate

Sony's Morbius wants to sink its fangs into audiences with Marvel's superhero vampire, but falls frustratingly short of getting anyone's blood boiling.
Chris Pine stands in the shadows in a scene from The Contractor.

The Contractor review: A familiar firefight

The Contractor casts Chris Pine as a former soldier who finds himself in the center of a deadly conspiracy in this fast-paced but predictable action-thriller.
Pedro Pascal, Leslie Mann, and David Duchovny stare into a forest in a scene from The Bubble.

The Bubble review: Making quarantine funny again

Judd Apatow's comedy The Bubble delivers the ensemble-driven meta parody of pandemic-era Hollywood we didn't know we wanted.
Neal McDonough holds a shotgun and points a shotgun in a scene from Boon.

Boon review: Neo-Western provides action with little payoff

In Boon, Neal McDonough is an engaging stoic antihero, but the film suffers from pacing and character issues.